DRUNK & SOBER AT THE SAME TIME
Have you ever noticed how God can give us instructions that initially may seem to be the opposite of His other instructions? These are really opportunities for us to grow spiritually and to experience the greatness of His wisdom. Here is an example: On one hand we are told to be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit always singing in our hearts and experiencing the fullness of His joy; but on the other hand, we are warned about the importance of being sober and aware that we have an adversary who is always prowling and seeking ways to destroy us or to destroy our credibility. The answer is that we must do both, not one or the other, and we will need to walk in the Spirit in order to do so. As mature Christians, we must learn how to stay filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, bubbling over with the joy of the Lord; but at the same time we must maintain a state of sober vigilance because of our adversary, satan.
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” (Eph 5:17-19 KJV).
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved” (Luke 5:37-38 KJV).
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober , and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7 KJV).